A clear, engaging and practical 'how-to' guide to writing a memoir, by Australia's foremost teacher and practitioner of memoir and life writing, Patti Miller.
Concentrates on the art of writing a memoir - about an aspect of a life rather a whole life Explains how to find a topic and then how to balance factual truth with vivid storytelling Writing courses and life writing workshops are hugely popular at the moment She is also the author of Writing Your Life, which has sold over 16,000 copies since publication in Australia.
Patti Miller is the author of Writing Your Life, The Last One Who Remembers and Child (all Allen & Unwin), and Whatever the Gods Do (Random House). She has taught writing at universities and writers' centres for 20 years. In 1991, she founded Life Stories Workshops. Her website is www.lifestories.com.au.
Prologue1 Exploring the Territory2 Follow the Heat - Beginning, Again3 The Importance of Madeleine Cake - remembering4 The Storyteller's Seat - narrating position5 Making Tapestry - texture and detail6 Finding Form - structural trouble-shooting7 Narrative - the magic spell8 True Confessions - truth-telling9 The Big I - self-indulgence and context10 Wish You Were Here - travel writing11 Random Provocations - the personal essay12 Borderlands - memoir and fictionReading ListAcknowledgements